Showing posts from February, 2016

A Bush walk in Inner Altona

After a disappointing visit to the city for White Night (nothing illuminated around Fed Sq or FLinders St: 930pm) so would have to join the mob struggling up Swanston st
Even getting back on the trains was a struggle. No access to the rear of platforms (over the foot bridge, not sure why wasn't too crowded exiting) so walked around to Fed square (nothing happening but some colours on the Wall) but when I got over the road and fought my way into the station entrance that was all for exiting passengers.
So had to go out and fight my way up to the Tabaret entrance, That then led us down stairs,along a platform then down to the Degrave subway entrances!
I was leaving with about 200 people all with a similar moan of a wasted time.
There was  a more spread out event this year, but you still had to get to the area. Crowds are not my scene, (and it's not may age!) Managed it last year but "well been there seen that"!
So today I took Spencer on a trek from off Blackshaws Roa…

Growing up


The Dressmaker

Love Rosalie Ham's book and the recent film with Kate Winslett was fabulous.
This black comedy revenge movie was fun, funny and the clothes transformations were the most delightful aspect of the movie. The director called it "Unforgiven with a sewing machine"
We went to the Exhibition of the clothes designed by Marion Boyce (who also did the Phryne Fisher series) The film is set in the 50's and in a run down country town (filmed near Horsham). The Football team is the Laharum team plus Liam Hemsworth.
Judy Davis was the curmudgeon of a mother Looking particularly drab! The movie is all about transformation and the  power of clothes.
And the clothes were to die for!!

The one she wore to the football game was entitled The football show stopper!

The catalogue is wonderful as well with lots of detail about the ideas and the dressmaking process as well as finding the ideas for the designs
 The clothes are all authentic design, No plastic or invisible zippers.The hardest t…

Ta Da!!

In doing the final sort, it was amazing that there were only 5-6 pieces in any shade of sea that had nothing on them.
The pieces were horizontal or vertical
If you had been around you would hear me muttering 'horizontal piece with line from left to right" "vertical pieces with intersection of lines"
'Horizontal bit with tiny bit at edges " 'No the other way"
Very satisfying to put in the final piece
Can't bear to break it up yet!

Puzzle Strategy

I have recently acquired 2 new jigsaw puzzles and enjoyed the challenge again
The latest one I got for Christmas and looks frightening !
As I started I thought maybe we all have different methods of Attack (not like some Autism people who can do it upside down!!)

I always start by sorting and assembling the edges and with some guidelines  of similar country etc and some knowledge of geography. It went along well.
Struggled with the edges until I put it on a cloth and measured the length and realised its not square and I was thinking it was wider than it is. So pieces I had 5cms apart actually fit together !! I then started on the sign in the middle as the colour was clear. I was lining up the A with the U underneath, so a grid of sorts. Kept working at one piece until I realised there was another E involved!
This became a good frame for the other edges bits. Then I started on the south america as it was at the edges and the colours (thankfully) were distinct, again geography skills helped…